We will be discussing Green Development Standards at Planning and Environment Committee on Tuesday Jan 9th. Green Development Standards are measures created by municipalities to encourage environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable design. Right now London doesn't have any Green Development Standards, guidelines or bylaws, so Council is unable to legally mandate things like energy efficiency, water conservation etc.
You can read the letter at the bottom of this blog. We'd also love to hear your thoughts - you can email [email protected] by Monday January 8th at 9am to submit to the public agenda (you can also ask for 5 minutes to speak!). If you'd prefer you can email you city Councillor or all of Council (emails at bottom for a quick copy & paste).
Why are Green Development Standards Important?
As our city continues to grow, it becomes important to ensure sustainable development in order to meet our climate targets and keep residents safe from extreme weather events. Implementing green development standards for buildings is not just trendy; it is a necessity for fostering a healthier, more resilient, and sustainable urban environment.
1. Environmental Stewardship:
Green development standards prioritize the use of eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient technologies, reducing the environmental impact of construction and operation. By embracing sustainable building practices, cities can mitigate carbon footprints, decrease energy consumption, and preserve natural resources. This commitment to environmental stewardship contributes to the overall health of the planet and ensures a more sustainable future for generations to come.
2. Energy Efficiency:
Cities are notorious energy consumers, and buildings are major contributors to this demand. Green development standards promote the incorporation of energy-efficient designs, renewable energy sources, and smart technologies. These measures not only reduce energy consumption but also cut down on utility costs for both developers and residents. A city that embraces energy efficiency not only minimizes its ecological footprint but also creates a more economically sustainable and resilient community.
3. Enhanced Quality of Life and Comfort:
Sustainable buildings enhance the quality of life for urban dwellers. Improved indoor air quality, abundant natural light, and access to green spaces contribute to the physical and mental well-being of residents. Green development standards prioritize creating spaces that are not just structures but environments that foster community, health, and overall happiness. We need homes that can withstand extreme heat and cold events, such as the heat dome event in BC.
4. Economic Benefits:
Contrary to the misconception that sustainability comes at a high cost, green development standards can prove to be economically beneficial in the long run. The integration of renewable energy sources, energy-efficient technologies, and sustainable materials can lead to reduced operational costs for building owners. The growing demand for sustainable living spaces attracts environmentally conscious investors and residents, bolstering the economic growth of the city.
5. Resilience to Climate Change:
As climate change continues to pose threats to urban areas, green development standards play a pivotal role in increasing a city's resilience. Sustainable buildings are designed to withstand extreme weather events, reduce vulnerability to climate-related risks, and contribute to the overall adaptability of urban infrastructure.
Implementing green development standards for buildings in a growing city is not just an ethical choice; it is a strategic move towards a more sustainable and resilient future. By prioritizing environmental stewardship, energy efficiency, enhanced quality of life, economic benefits, and resilience to climate change, cities can pave the way for a harmonious coexistence between urban development and ecological preservation. It's time to build not just for today but for tomorrow.
Copy of the letter sent to Planning and Environment Committee